Hennepin Co. Considering ‘Cycle Tracks’ For Rider Safety

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twin Cities is one of the best metropolitan areas to get on a bike and travel around town.

But with the uptick in cyclists, Hennepin County is now eyeing new ways to keep all kinds of commuters safe.

Officials are now considering installing “cycle tracks,” which are physical barriers such as small curbs between the bike and traffic lanes.

The idea originated in Europe, but they’ve already spread to cities on the East Coast and in California.

Hennepin County is considering cycle tracks along Washington and Minnehaha Avenues.

Critics say these tracks eat up space for trees and parking and actually make it harder for drivers to see bicyclists.

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